Real Life Somerville Police Stories: OUI Arrest

Arnout FONTEIN Arrest

On September 20, 2015, at approximately 21:50 hours, I, Officer Rivera, while in full uniform and working as West 6, was dispatched to the area of 253 Highland Avenue, for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Officer Jean-Jacques and Officer Costa arrived as back up.


Once on scene, I observed a gray Nissan Sentra, with heavy front passenger side damage, facing west on Highland Avenue, a public way within the City of Somerville. I then observed a male, now known to me as Arnout Fontein, standing next to the rear of the vehicle. I asked Mr. Fontein if he was the driver of the gray Nissan and he stated, “Yes”. I asked Mr. Fontein if he was ok and if he needed any medical attention. Mr. Fontein replied, “No, I feel great, I am just not happy that I totaled my car”. Next to Mr. Fontein’s vehicle were four parked cars, a 2012 Toyota Tacoma, a 2009 Toyota Yaris, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and a 2007 Toyota Yaris that appeared to have a substantial amount of damage to the driver side of all four motor vehicles. I asked Mr. Fontein if he had anything to drink prior to operating his motor vehicle and he replied, “I drank three beers during the football game”. While speaking to Mr. Fontein, I smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and observed that he had red glassy eyes. I asked Mr. Fontein to step on to the sidewalk to a well lit area. While on the sidewalk, I asked Mr. Fontein if he would be willing to complete a field sobriety test. He replied, “Yes”. I then asked Mr. Fontein if he had any medical conditions that would prevent him from completing the tests and he said, “No”. I then asked Mr. Fontein if he was wearing contacts and he replied, “No”.


The first test I administered to Mr. Fontein was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. During the test I observed a lack of smooth pursuit, an involuntary jerking of the eyes prior to 45 degrees and a sustained and distinct Nystagmus at maximum deviation. The next test I administered was the nine step walk and turn test. I demonstrated this test to Mr. Fontein and advised him not to begin until he was told to do so. Once Mr. Fontein began the test, he took two steps forward and appeared to be unsteady on his feet. He stepped to the side and stated that he could not complete the test because of an injury that he sustained to his left leg about a year ago. Third test I administered was the one leg stand. I demonstrated this test to Mr. Fontein and he was instructed not to begin until he was told to do so. After demonstrating the test, Mr. Fontein attempted to begin the one leg stand but immediately gave up and stated that he could not complete the test. I then asked Mr. Fontein to recite the alphabet out loud from A to Z. Mr. Fontein replied, “yes”. While reciting the alphabet out loud, Mr. Fonteins speech was slurred. He stopped reciting the alphabet at the letter “H” and skipped to the letter “Y”. At this point I placed Mr. Fontein under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol. I then read him his Miranda rights off of a card that I keep in my right pants pocket. Mr. Fontein was then transported to the station by the mobile detention unit 200, that was operated by Officer Pavao.


Once at the station, Mr. Fontein was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Lavey.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Joseph Rivera #309

Somerville Police Department


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